Camera Conversions & Mods

Below you will find my first conversions that I documented years ago. Obviously I am not going to give away all my secrets that go into my own conversions, but I hope the following information helps you in your own projects.

I have not documented a conversion in a long while, but I continue to produce new and exciting designs and mods which you can see in my Flickr gallery to the right. Should you have an idea for a new kind of conversion, don't desitate to contact me about it!

Nothing here should be taken as the exact way to do anything. Always use your own best judgement when working on a camera. I learned alot from mistakes. The things you see here should at least have you making less mistakes than I did at first.

Refurbish & Battery Mods
can't find original batteries? modify your automatic packfilm camera to accept AAA or CR123, 2/3A batteries instead and clean the camera while you're at it

Rollfilm Model Conversions

The first instant print cameras ever created used Polaroid roll film. This kind of film has been out of production for a few decades now. To bring new life to these awesome cameras, a conversion to readily available pack film can be attempted.

Model 150 - alpha
first attempt; real hack-job, only photos NO conversion guide.

Model 110A - the "real deal"
packfilm, rangefinder, hot-shoe conversion

Model 95B - retro style
packfilm conversion of the world's first instant camera

Model 150 - beta
converting to packfilm; a how-to guide from start to finish; intended to be test bed for 110A conversions.

Model 110A - "hybrid"
convert 3 cameras into a 110B; packfilm, finder, hot-shoe

Packfilm Model Conversions

While it is fun to convert the rollfilm models to accept packfilm, sometimes you just want a camera that uses packfilm right out of the box.

I have converted a couple to complete manual controls by exchanging the auto circuitry for a medium format lens and shutter.

Automatic 250 - lens & shutter
changing auto to manual; 127mm lens and shutter

Automatic 450 - lens & shutter
changing auto to manual; 127mm lens and shutter; electronic timer

Automatic 250 - abandoned
changing auto to manual; 105mm lens and shutter; proof of concept

Truly Full Frame Holgaroid

Holgaroid/Diana 100% Full Frame Machine using 100/660 rectangular films

My recent Work

This slide show is taken from my Flickr Set and shows the most recent work first.

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